Professional Biography

David F. Taylor Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




David Taylor draws on more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer and litigator to defend clients in high-stakes criminal and civil fraud matters. A former Assistant United States Attorney and the former chair of the firm’s White Collar & Investigations practice, David has led the defense of major corporations, directors, officers, and employees in matters throughout the United States. These matters include white collar criminal matters, SEC enforcement proceedings, False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, securities and corporate governance litigation, and director and officer liability litigation. David also regularly leads internal investigations and advises clients concerning the design and implementation of corporate compliance programs.

David’s experience includes the defense of a Fortune 200 military contractor in False Claims Act cases in federal courts in Texas and Mississippi; the defense of a Fortune 200 telecommunications company in False Claims Act cases in the Northern District of California; the defense of a Fortune 200 manufacturing company in SEC proceedings for alleged accounting fraud; the defense of a board of directors in contempt proceedings before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; the defense of a Fortune 200 biotechnology company in a criminal investigation and civil case under the False Claims Act in the Western District of Washington; and the defense of a former senior officer of Countrywide Financial in litigation and government investigations arising from the collapse of the country’s largest mortgage lender.

David is listed in Chambers USA (Band One for Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations) and in Best Lawyers in America, and he has been listed as a Washington “Super Lawyer” for more than 10 consecutive years. He has received the ACLU of Washington’s Civil Libertarian of the Year award for litigation to protect the Constitutional rights of indigent criminal defendants. David also speaks and writes regularly on topics relevant to his practice and has received the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Writing.

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Ranked by Chambers USA Eight Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Lawyer," 2014 - 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2010 - 2022: Commercial Litigation; Corporate Compliance Law; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation - Securities
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, "Washington's Super Lawyers," 2005 - 2021
  • Co-Author of article awarded 2009 Burton Award for Legal Writing
  • Listed in Washington CEO, "League of Justice," 2006
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington, "Civil Libertarian of the Year," 2006
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Special Achievement Award for Prosecution of White Collar Crime
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Committee, Northwest Regional Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2004 - 2008
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Criminal Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Northwest Advisory Board, 2005 - 2009
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Task Force on UpJohn Warnings, Member, 2008 - 2009
  • Shareholder Litigation in Washington State (Washington State Bar Association), Editorial Board Member and Lead Author of “Derivative Lawsuits” chapter, 2014

Related Employment

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, Major Frauds Section, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Los Angeles, CA, 1991 - 1995, and Seattle, WA, 1995 - 1996
  • Latham & Watkins, Los Angeles, CA, Litigation Department, Associate, 1987 - 1991


  • Hon. Walter Jay Skinner, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1986 - 1987





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1986
  • Middlebury College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1982